A little while ago Andree of til the sun goes down contacted me to see if I would like to sew something up in one of her beautiful reproduction vintage fabrics. I was of course delighted as her fabric collection is stunning featuring a huge number of silks which you all know that I love to work with! I picked out this beautiful 1920s style daisy print as it reminded me of one of my all time favourite ready to wear tops from All Saints that I have had for years. I also thought it would be nice to work with something darker for a bit of a change of pace!
I knew instantly that I wanted to make up the blouse version of the Deer and Doe Reglisse dress that I pattern hacked last summer after making and loving the dress. This blouse also has a 1920s/1930s feel to it that I felt worked really well with the fabric, in fact it brings to mind a long sleeved one that Romola Garai wears in Glorious 39- one of my all time favourite films for fashion inspiration as any of you who follow me on Pinterest will know!
In order to convert the dress pattern to a top I extended the blouse from the waist to the length I wanted and I also removed the bust darts as I knew that this would be the type of top I would want to make in very delicate fabrics that I always feel work best without darts if at all possible. If anyone is interested in seeing what I did to the pattern step by step please just let me know below and I will do a separate post on it.
Constructing a fabric this delicate is not without its challenges, several of which I mentioned in my Tips for Sewing with Silk post. I actually decided to do a large percentage of this project by hand as I find that little hand stitches are by far the best thing on fabric so fine and sheer, especially when it is also cut on the bias! Of course this wasn’t completely necessary but I quite enjoyed doing it this way in the evenings, with my very helpful daylight lamp. Black is so hard to work with under regular artificial light.
I really like this pattern, and realistically it is far more use to me as a blouse than a dress due to my lifestyle and the climate here in London- both of which have me in jeans nearly every day of my life! In the black silk it is of course more of an evening top but one I think I could probably wear all year around!
Oh and for anyone wondering the title of this post is a play on the name of Andree’s shop. The Sun Also Rises is my favourite Hemmingway novel, also set in the 1920s. Well worth a read if you haven’t already.
Have you ever pattern hacked a dress into a top or vice versa?
Thanks for reading!